Australia-Indonesia Institute

About the Australia-Indonesia Institute


The Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) was established in 1989 for the purpose of providing a focus for the collection, exchange and dissemination of information, and a source of advice, in relation to the ways in which relations between Australia and Indonesia could be encouraged, strengthened and developed.

The functions of the Institute are:

  1. to make recommendations to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Trade for the broadening of the Australian experience of Indonesia in relation to:
    1. the encouragement of the study of the Indonesian language and culture in Australia and the English language and Australian culture in Indonesia;
    2. the enhancement of commercial linkages between Australia and Indonesia;
    3. the identification of possibilities for cooperation in science and technology;
    4. the facilitation of media exchanges;
    5. the sponsorship of cultural and sporting exchanges and training;
    6. the support of Australian studies in Indonesia and of Indonesian studies in Australia;
    7. the strengthening of institutional links between universities, museums, libraries, technical colleges, research institutes, professional organisations and appropriate non- government organisations;
    8. the facilitation of the translation of Australian and Indonesian texts;
    9. the organisation of visits and exchanges between prominent people and groups;
  2. subject to the direction of the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Trade, to provide advice and information to individuals and organisations and to the Australian media in relation to any matters referred to in subparagraphs (a) (i) to (ix) inclusive;
  3. for the purposes of formulating recommendations referred to in paragraph (a) or providing advice and information referred to in paragraph (b), to consult individuals, organisations and government departments and agencies associated or concerned with the development of relations between Australia and Indonesia.

Mission Statement

To develop relations between Australia and Indonesia by promoting greater mutual understanding and by contributing to the enlargement over the longer term of the areas of contact and exchange between the people of Australia and Indonesia.


The goals of the Institute are:

  • To promote in each country increased exposure to the other through media, educational, cultural, sporting and professional activities.
  • To create in Indonesia a nucleus of people with expertise in Australian affairs, especially current and future opinion leaders.
  • To create within Australia a wider range of people with knowledge about Indonesia, especially current and future opinion makers.
  • To portray Australia as culturally diverse, educationally, scientifically and technologically advanced and economically enterprising.
  • To increase understanding of and to improve access for Australians to the cultural diversity of Indonesian society.

Board Chairman

Professor Tim Lindsey

C/- The Asian Law Centre
Melbourne Law School

Board Membership


Mr Andrew Donovan

Inter-Arts Office
Australia Council for the Arts

Ms Gillian Bird

Deputy Secretary
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Professor Bruce Robinson

University of Western Australia
School of Medicine and Pharmacology (M503)

Mr Greg Sheridan

Foreign Editor
The Australian Newspaper

Professor Clare Martin

The Northern Institute
Charles Darwin University

AII Secretariat, Canberra details


Australia-Indonesia Institute
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
RG Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221

Telephone Numbers: (61-2) 6261 3827 or (61-2) 6261 3821
Facsimile Number: (61-2) 6261 1743

Cultural Office, Jakarta details


The Cultural Office
Australian Embassy
Jalan H R Rasuna Said Kav C 15-16
Jakarta Selatan 12940

Telephone Number: (62-21) 2550-5265
Facsimile Number: (62-21) 522-7104

Annual reports

Prior to the 2009-2010 financial year, it was a departmental requirement to produce a report on the activities by all Foundations, Councils and Institutions in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The reports for the Australia-Indonesia Institute are listed below.

Federations, Councils and Institutions now report on their activities as part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Annual Report.

For a full list of previously funded activities please refer to the Foundations, Councils and Institutes page.